Re­port: Spro­les ag­gra­vates ham­string in prac­tice

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS 2 -

PHILADEL­PHIA — The Ea­gles’ sea­son-long Dar­ren Spro­les in­jury de­ba­cle deep­ened Thurs­day morn­ing with a re­port from ESPN stat­ing that Spro­les had ag­gra­vated

his ham­string in­jury in his re­turn to prac­tice Wed­nes­day, sidelin­ing the run­ning back for Sun­day night’s visit from the Dal­las Cowboys.

Ea­gles coach Doug Ped­er­son said just be­fore prac­tice Wed­nes­day that he ex­pected Spro­les to play against Dal­las, for the first time since the sea­son opener.

Spro­les, 35, suf­fered his ham­string in­jury in prac­tice the next week and hasn’t played since. He did prac­tice par­tially — once in late Septem­ber and then again Wed­nes­day.

Typ­i­cally, a player who is go­ing to be out more than a few weeks is placed on in­jured re­serve, but it seemed through­out Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber that Spro­les might be close to re­turn­ing.

The word was that the team didn’t bring him back sooner be­cause it wanted to make sure the in­jury was fully healed.

The Ea­gles had no im­me­di­ate com­ment on the re­port.

The Ea­gles waived re­turner De­An­dre Carter, who was do­ing a good job in Spro­les’ ab­sence, when it seemed Spro­les was ready. Carter was picked up off waivers Wed­nes­day by the Hous­ton Tex­ans. It seems likely that new­comer Golden Tate will in­herit re­turn du­ties.

This lat­est Spro­les set­back means the Ea­gles’ de­ci­sion not to seek ad­di­tional run­ning-back help at the Oct. 30 trade dead­line will be sec­ond-guessed.

The team lost Jay Ajayi for the sea­son to a knee in­jury, and now will go for­ward with Wen­dell Small­wood, Corey Cle­ment, and rookie Josh Adams.

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